Night owls likely to die earlier than morning larks, study reveals

Night owls likely to die earlier than morning larks, study reveals

According to a new study, which the journal Chronobiology International recently published, this might bring with it diabetes, psychological issues and most importantly, an increased risk of early death.

"Night owls trying to live in a morning-lark world may (suffer) health consequences", said fellow author Kristen Knutson of Northwestern University in Chicago.

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'And we have to remember that even a small additional risk is multiplied by more than 1.3 billion people who experience this shift every year. "It's not going work", Knutson said". Participants in the initiative, which took place from 2006 to 2010, defined themselves as either a "morning person" or "evening person".

For definite night owls, the solution remains to be seen, the researchers said.

Previous analyzes have suggested higher rates of cardiovascular disease and metabolic pathologies such as diabetes but this new study is the first to explore mortality risk.

The researchers said society needs to recognize that making night owls start work early may not be good for their health.

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They compared the different types, adjusting for a range of factors, including the study participants' age, sleep duration and existing health problems. They found that people who identified themselves as "definitive evening type" have 10 percent increased risk of all-cause mortality compared with those who identified themselves as "definite morning types".

For those who still struggle with mornings, finding a job that has flexible hours or hours more consistent with your biological clock could be a solution.

Because of that, researchers think that allowing people to have more flexible schedules that fit their internal body clocks could improve their health. As part of the Biobank research, people were asked to either identify as a morning or evening person from four options. In the study, the researchers say that estimates are that between 21% and 52% of what determines chronotype has genetic roots.

"It's limited because of that", he said. "If you looked in Spain, where people are much later in terms of when they go to work, my guess is that the health consequences are probably less than in the United Kingdom". Their work, done over decades, helps explain how life adapts to the 24-hour cycle of day, and also how diseases such as cancer arise in the cells.

But the study should still be a wake-up call for night owls, who may want to take extra efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle, she said.

That tension between an evening person's preferred routine and the routine of their environment also tends to lead to more irregular schedules, she added.

'It could be psychological stress, eating at the wrong time for their body, not exercising enough, not sleeping enough, being awake at night by yourself, maybe drug or alcohol use.

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